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Evan Elliot writes the wine-and-food pairings column for Edible San Francisco magazine, teaches rhetoric at the University of San Francisco, and teaches a personal essay workshop at U.C. Berkeley Extension. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, daughter, and cat; plays ultimate Frisbee; and drives a car that runs on vegetable oil.
March 24th, 2010
There's "cool" and then there's real cool

One of the odd and unusual places I find the presence of God is in cool. Yes, cool.
I’m not talking about Don Draper charisma, exactly. And I’m not talking about rock star arrogance, either. I’m thinking of one day during my first semester of college, when I spotted an acquaintance, Marie N., walking across the school cafeteria, lunch tray in hand, looking around for a place to sit. I knew how it felt to scan the room in search of a familiar face. In fact, I planned my lunchtime so that I’d have a few friends to sit with.
But before I could catch Marie’s eye so that she might join my friends and me, she spotted an empty table and, with no visible sign of hesitation, sat down and started eating…

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